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Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, a serene land tucked into the North Eastern tip of India, invites you to relax in its picturesque hills and valleys, enjoy its salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people, with their glorious heritage of arts and crafts and colourful festivals that reflect their ancient faith in the inexorable power of nature. This is the first Indian soil to greet the morning sun. Dawn first illuminates Arunachal's border with China: a long border which stretches all the way from its east, over to its northern boundaries and down to its north- western edge where it merges with Tibet. To its west is Bhutan and on its southern end it touches Assam, Nagaland and Burma before sweeping up to China.

History
Arunachal Pradesh finds mention in literature such as the KalikaPurana and in the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is believed that sage Vyasa meditated here and also that the remains of the brick structure, scattered around two villages in the hills north of Roing was the palace of Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. The sixth Dalai Lama was born on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged state on February 20, 1987. Till 1972, it was known as the North Eastern Frontier Agency (NEFA). Administratively, the state is divided into three districts. Capital of the state is Itanagar in Papum Pare district. Itanagar is named after Ita Fort, meaning Fort of Bricks' built in 14th century A.D.